Dr. Wendi W. Tostenson Named President of Volunteer State Community College

Dr. Wendi W. Tostenson is appointed as the new president of Volunteer State Community College.

The Tennessee Board of Regents has appointed Dr. Wendi W. Tostenson as the new president of Volunteer State Community College, with her tenure to begin on July 1. Dr. Tostenson transitions to this role from her position as vice chancellor of education and student services at Louisiana Delta Community College, a position she has held since 2021. Her career also includes serving as the executive director of workforce/economic development at the same college since 2019, and prior to that, she held various administrative roles at Southern Regional Technical College in Georgia from 2011 to 2019.

Dr. Tostenson has a rich educational background, holding a Doctor of Public Administration from Valdosta State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of West Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Her extensive resume and further details about her appointment can be found on the Tennessee Board of Regents website at TBR’s official site.

In her statement, Dr. Tostenson expressed her honor and excitement about joining the Volunteer State Community College and the Tennessee Board of Regents system. She emphasized her commitment to creating an environment conducive to the success of every student and supporting faculty and staff while meeting the community’s needs.

Additionally, the Board of Regents has also approved the criteria for the search of the next president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton, following President David Hicks’ announcement of his resignation effective June 28. The approved criteria and other board materials are available for review at TBR’s board meeting page.

Dr. Tostenson was among the three finalists selected by a search advisory committee after extensive deliberations and public forums. Following these forums and a thorough review process, Chancellor Tydings recommended Dr. Tostenson to the board, which then unanimously voted for her appointment.

Dr. Tostenson succeeds Dr. Orinthia T. Montague and will become the chief executive officer of Volunteer State Community College, following the interim presidency of Dr. Russ Deaton. Volunteer State Community College is part of the College System of Tennessee, serving about 7,000 credit-seeking students across its main and branch campuses.

For more information about Volunteer State Community College, please visit volstate.edu. The College System of Tennessee, under the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents, is the state’s largest public higher education system.

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